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There’s good news for those with overdues.

The Anchroage Library announced last week that it will hold its first overdue materials amnesty day in more than 25 years on Wednesday, April 18.

According to a press release sent out by the library system, the event is a way of recognizing a significant gift from longtime library patron Alfred Hanisch, who died in 2010.

A murder will take place this Friday the 13th — and it’s up to you to solve the crime.

A Premier Production’s murder mystery dinner show “Murder on the Love Boat” opens Friday, April 13 at Bear Mountain Grill in Eagle River. Tickets for the show — which will be put on April 13, 14, 20 and 21 — cost $42.50 and can be purchased at

Doors open at 6 p.m. and the show starts at 7. A Premier Production asks that anyone attending the show bring donations for the Chugiak-Eagle River Food Pantry.

There aren’t many moose in wine country.

But there’s plenty in Eagle River, where 24 students and their four teachers arrived from Libourne, France last week for an immersion in all things Alaska.

“Everything is huge,” said Odile DaSilva, who teaches English in the wine-growing town near Bourdeaux in southwestern France.

DaSilva’s colleague, Isabelle Gobinaud, said she and her students have been blown away by Alaska’s vast expanses of wilderness and abundant wildlife, after spotting numerous moose and bald eagles within their first few days in the state.

Who needs a weekend off?

Though the Easter holiday gave all Anchorage School District athletes a rare three days without competition, that didn’t stop dozens of Eagle River High students, parents and coaches from getting plenty of exercise.

Armed with plastic shovels and tarps, boys and girls soccer, track, baseball and football players started chipping away at the snow and ice that has blanketed their track and turf for the past six months.

“It’s a good workout,” boys head soccer coach Max Solodkii quipped. “It’s good for the forearms.”

A 21-year-old paratrooper assigned to the 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson was killed in an improvised explosive device attack on Tuesday, April 3 while on patrol in Afghanistan.

According to the Army, Spc. Jeffrey Lee White Jr., of Catawissa, Mo., died when his unit was attacked in Khowst Province. Five other members of the 4/25th — also known as the Spartan Brigade — were injured.

With all but questioned and absentee ballots counted, Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan appeared to be headed to another term after defeating challenger Assemblyman Paul Honeman in what turned out to be a wild April 3 municipal election.

Sullivan got approximately 59 percent of the vote to Honeman’s 38 percent on election night.

Chugiak High’s concert choir won first place at the Heritage Festival at New York’s Riverside Cathedral on March 21-26.

The choir, made up of 40 male and female students, was the top group in the 2A division — schools with fewer than 1,400 students — out of 16 at the festival, said Chugiak choral director Ron Lange.

Chugiak’s men’s and women’s choir each won second place and all three choirs received a gold rating.

Lange said he was “really, really happy” with his students’ performance.

“It was cool,” he said. “We enjoyed it.”

Dozens of Mirror Lake Middle School, Chugiak High and Eagle River High School students experienced the sights, history and culture of foreign countries as they traveled abroad during spring break this year.

Anchorage municipal prosecutors have dropped all charges against a trio of Mat-Su men arrested during a wake at Eagle River’s Homestead Lounge last September.

The men were part of a group of about 30 people who gathered at the bar the evening of Sept. 11 for a post-memorial remembrance of Ross Ripple, the 23-year-old Eagle River High School grad killed Sept. 5 in a high-speed crash in downtown Wasilla.

Planning some interior re-decorating? Now might not be a bad time to spring into action.

For all of April, Private Quarters, a direct-marketing company that sells everything from bath robes to pillow cases, will be making donations to a pair of Anchorage-area domestic violence shelters, according to local Private Quarters sales consultant Jenny Hawkins-Hogrefe.

“This is the third year we’ve been sponsoring and supporting shelters in Alaska,” Hawkins-Hogrefe said.